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Antisemitism and Jews and Gentiles in Nazi Germany

Seminar questions:

Discuss the concept of "social death".

How did the ordinary German neighbors turn into antisemites, and what is their responsibility?

What kind of a source is a diary? what are its specific chances? why do people in extreme circumstances keep a diary?

Core readings:

Bergen, ch. 1.

Kaplan, ch. 1 and 2 (pp. 17-73).

Excerpts from Victor Klemperer, I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941 (New York: Random House, 1999), selection.

Extended readings:

Werner Angress, Witness to the storm: a Jewish journey from Nazi Berlin to the 82nd Airborne, 1920-1945 (Durham: Miriam Angress, 2012).

Alexandra Garbarini, Numbered Days: Diaries and the Holocaust (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006).

Amos Goldberg, Trauma in First Person Diary Writing During the Holocaust (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017).

Otto Dov Kulka and Everhard Jäckel, The Jews in the Secret Nazi Reports on Popular Opinion in German 1933-1945 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011).

Paul Mendes-Flohr, German Jews: A Dual Identity (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999).

Paul Mendes-Flohr and Jehuda Reinharz, The Jew in the Modern World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995).

Guy Miron, "The “Lived Time” of German Jews under the Nazi Regime," The Journal of Modern History 90 (March 2018): 116–153.